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MNO Weekly News - June 6, 2018

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**NEW** Hold in Prayer
Please pray for the family of Ruth Sander, widow of the late Reverend Alfred Sander, as they mourn her passing. Click here to read the obituary.

**NEW** Governance Matters - Updating Congregational Constitutions and Administrative Bylaws
Looking to update or change your church constitution or administrative bylaws? Please note, that these changes must be ratified by MNO Synod Council. Before Synod Council can approve such changes, there are a number of steps by which a congregational council must take prior to sending the revised constitution to Synod Council for approval. These steps have been laid out for you in document “Constitutional Change Instructions” prepared by the Synod Governance Committee. Please see the PDF available on the synod website here.

Yours in Christ,
Rev. Courtenay Reedman Parker
Secretary, MNO Synod Council



Office of Bishop Transition
Please click here to read the transition announcement on behalf of Synod Council.

Updates: Congregations and Rostered Leadership
Click here to read the updates.

Convention 2018 Highlights click here.

Shoreline Cleanup on June 10, and Eco-Reformation Project. Will you form a group and help clean the environment for an afternoon? Click here for more information, along with an invitation to join in Eco-Reformation!

Mission as Hope Appeal
Since this annual appeal began in 2009, it has allowed us to continue funding ongoing mission in our Synod, ministries like Luther Village, Lutheran Urban Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Programming and Cameroon visits.
Perhaps even more significantly, it has provided resources to do some new things in our Synod each year, which would have not been possible with the regular benevolence dollars.
Please find further information, including letter to congregations and bulletin inserts, here.

Cameroon Encounter 2019
Have you ever wanted to travel to Africa? Do you want to meet Lutherans in another part of the world? There will be an Information Meeting on June 14, click here for more info. And, If interested, please email Pastor Tyler at tgingrich@elcic.ca


Join in ministry in MNO - funding available!
Engage your congregation in a project or process, and apply for support! For more information, click here.
Acts of the MNO - Do you have a creative idea for ministry/service in your area?
Mission Grants

MNO Youth News

For regular programming, check out our youth page on the synod website!
Prairie Fire is looking for musicians!
Are you, or someone you know, a musical person?
To apply and audition, contact Pastor Tyler at: tgingrich@elcic.ca
Click here for application form.

A bursary is available to go towards a youth from MNO attending the ELCIC/ACC National Worship Conference in July in Victoria (see here for information on the conference) - note that registration fees have now gone up. Contact Pastor Tyler if interested in attending!
CLAY 2018: "Threads"
August 15-19, 2018 at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON (see website)

BUS TRIP 2018
"Wherever We Go, We Are MNO!" Click here for more information!

Youth Covenant
Please take a look, here, and respond and make use of this covenant!

Around the Synod

100th Anniversary - Zion Fort Frances, Ontario
Sunday, June 24, worship at 10:30 a.m., BBQ lunch that follows. All welcome. Contact Chairperson June Caul, cauljune@hotmail.com, 1.807.274.2209 or Pastor Keffer, bkeffer@shaw.ca, 1.807.275.9256.

Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban)
Spring 2018 Urban Needs, see their website.
A 12-minute documentary about The Urban is available online, click here.
Available Meal Team Dates Still Open: June 7, 13, 24, 28; July 5, 11, 15, 18, 22, 29.
The Urban is closed in August except for our Sunday worship service with a light lunch afterward. Please save August drop-off donations of groceries, etc. for September. For information about forming a meal team, or to have your team added to the calendar, please contact rhonda@theurban.ca


ELCIC - Faith Order and Doctrine
In May 2015, the ELCIC's National Church Council (NCC) directed the Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) to study orders of ministry with particular attention to diakonia and Diaconal Ministry. FOD surveyed recent and historic literature, consulted ELCIC scholars, spent a day with our diaconal ministers, and in 2016 released a study guide entitled To Love Our Neighbour as Ourselves: A Study of Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. Since then, FOD has considered responses and has now produced a paper which builds upon its earlier work. It is called Public Ministry in the ELCIC - A Preliminary Draft is available here.

In Our Community

ELCIC/ACC National Worship Conference
A learning opportunity for rostered ministers and lay leaders! Learn about and engage in creative forms of worship! July 16-19, 2018, in Victoria, BC. For more information click here.

World Parliament of Religion - Nov 1-7 in Toronto
Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings. For more information click here.

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